The Child Care Scholarship (CCS) (formerly known as Child Care Subsidy) program helps eligible families in Maryland pay for high-quality child care and early education programs. The new Fast Track Child Care Scholarship application process shortens your wait to three (3) business days to get help with child care expenses and 60 days of child care assistance while your Child Care Scholarship application is processed, if you are eligible!
To apply, a family must submit the following to CCS Central:
- The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) application (PDF)
- Verification of work/training activity and income
- To complete the application you MUST send in the information listed for all household members. This includes you, and your spouse or your child’s other parent living in your household.
- Most recent four (4) weeks of consecutive pay stubs
- Proof of identity (i.e. driver’s license, birth certificate, government issued identification, etc.)
- Proof of approved activity (i.e. work, school or job training)
- Proof of all other income
- Proof of child support cooperation or payment
- Proof of address (i.e. utility bill, lease, etc.)
To participate in Maryland’s Child Care Scholarship Program, you must be:
- A Maryland resident who is working or employed in an approved training program or attending school. For families where both parents live within the same household, both parents must meet all eligibility requirements.
- Within Child Care Scholarship Income Guidelines and/or a recipient of Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI.)
- Able to provide proof that each child requesting a Child Care Scholarship is a citizen of the United States (as demonstrated on either a birth certificate or proof of U.S. citizenship) or a legal resident. Please note: parents are not required to be citizens of the United States or legal residents.
- Able to provide proof of identity for all household members.
- The parent and/or caregiver of a child who is younger than 13 who is not disabled, or an individual younger than 19 years old who is disabled.